The law of technology — at least as it applies to consumer electronics — is that devices will only get cheaper as time goes on, and tablets are no exception. That means that even some recent tech marvels are now hitting the shelves at deeply discounted savings. So if you need an iPad in your pad, or an Android Tablet on your tabletop, now's the time to grab it.
This roundup includes five glorious Editors' Choice tablet and eBook reader deals, including price drops on refurbished iPads and the lowest total price we've seen for a new quad-core 1280x800 7" Android tablet. Looking for more tablet treats? Be sure to check out our daily iPad and tablet deals.
Kobo Vox 7" WiFi eBook Reader / Tablet
Store: 1SaleADay via eBay
Price: $55 with free shipping
Lowest By: $75
Expires: May 29
Is It Worth It?: With this Editors' Choice deal, you get four colors to choose from — Black, Blue, Green, and Pink — and a price low of $75. (It's $3 under our expired mention from last week, which included a case.) CNET laments that books don't load as quickly as they should, but also notes that, "The Kobo Vox is a relatively affordable Android-based tablet, with a reasonably attractive design, and an expansion slot for more memory beyond its internal 8GB. Kobo's e-reading app and eBook store are integrated into the device, and you also get access to GetJar for downloading free apps."
The eBook reader / tablet features a 7" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 802.11n wireless, Google Play, and Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread).
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 32GB WiFi 10.1" Android Tablet bundled with a Lenovo IdeaTab Keyboard Dock
Price: $329 via coupon code "USPSE5523" with free shipping
Expires: May 31
Is It Worth It?: CNET had a mixed review on this tablet, noting that the S2110 "offers a great-looking screen and fast gaming performance, but comes up short in build quality and features." Yet at this price, chalk up one more big score on the plus side for this Editors' Choice purchase which include the all-important keyboard dock that makes a tablet more versatile for many users. Normally $579, this bundle is now $20 under our March mention and the lowest total price we've seen for any IdeaTab S2110 tablet (despite this deal being a higher-capacity model).
This tablet features a Snapdragon 1.5GHz processor, 1280x800 touchscreen LCD, 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam, 5-megapixel rear camera, USB, HDMI, and Google Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Refurbished Apple iPad with Retina Display Models
Store: The Apple Store
Price: From $419 with free shipping
Is It Worth It?: As CNET proclaimed, "With a host of improvements — faster graphics, 4G wireless options, a better camera, and a gorgeous high-res screen — the latest iPad cements its position at the head of the tablet pack." And this Editors' Choice simply doesn't get better. Start with a 1-year warranty — the same as for new iPads — and the legendary quality of products refurbished by Apple. Then add the ridiculously cool price cuts, which puts each at up to $90 off previous prices and at all-time lows. Prices start at $419 for the 16GB WiFi model (a $30 drop), $499 for the 32GB WiFi model (a $50 drop), and $529 for the 16GB WiFi + 4G model (a $50 drop). Check out the full list of available refurbs here.
Looking for similar deals in miniature? The Apple Store also cut prices on refurbished iPad minis in true Editors' Choice style. Prices start at $279 for the 16GB WiFi model, which is a $50 drop, but some models are marked up to $110 off.
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 10.1" 32GB LED-Backlit Android Tablet
Price: $194.99 via $20 mail-in rebate with free shipping
Lowest By: $182
Expires: July 15
Is It Worth It?: When refurbished meets rebate, it's a beautiful thing, and this Editors' Choice deal comes in at $182 below the lowest total price we could find for a new unit. It's also $23 under our February mention of a refurb and the lowest total price we've seen. CNET is quite fond of this tablet, too, calling it "one of the lowest priced full-sized, Android 4.0-upgradable tablets. Also, its high-quality screen and relatively cheap keyboard/dock make it an attractive option."
It features a Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor, 10.1" 1280x800 screen, 5-megapixel back-facing camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, microSD card slot, and Google Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). A 90-day warranty applies, but it's unclear who backs it.
Hisense Sero 7 Pro 8GB 7" Android Tablet
Price: $149 with in-store pickup
Lowest By: $51
Is It Worth It?: While you're not going to find Hisense up there with Apple or Samsung, consider this: Here we have the lowest total price we've seen for a new quad-core 1280x800 7" Android tablet without rebate hassles. Gizmodo loves it as a kinda-sorta update of the Google Nexus 7: "The Sero 7 Pro has all the Nexus 7-y features you want. Hisense may not be the biggest name, but its first tablet offering seems pretty damn good for the low end of the spectrum."
It additionally features a miniHDMI port, USB port, and Android 4.2 OS (Jelly Bean).